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Phantoms Alum Makes NHL Debut

04/07/2014, 9:00am CDT
By bwerger

Defenseman Scott Mayfield had a night to remember on Sunday as he played his first NHL game, suiting up for the New York Islanders.

The 21-year-old logged 17:04 minutes of ice time, dished out four hits, fired two shots on goal, and blocked a shot during the 4-0 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.  He joined the Islanders on Saturday after being called up from their AHL affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Mayfield played two seasons in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms, totaling 38 points (17g, 21a) and racking up 304 penalty minutes over 111 games in the League.  Four of his goals were game-winners and he netted two shorthanded tallies.  He was named a midseason USHL All-Star during the 2010-11 season.  At the conclusion of his USHL career, the St. Louis, Missouri native would go on to be selected by the New York Islanders in the second round (34th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft.

The defenseman had produced 17 points (3g, 14a) and accumulated 125 minutes in 69 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at the time of his call-up.  It is the first full professional season for Mayfield after he spent the previous two seasons playing collegiate hockey at the University of Denver.  He totaled 29 points (7g, 22a) and 188 penalty minutes in 81 career games at the school. 

Mayfield is the second player in Youngstown Phantoms history to play in the NHL, joining former teammate Andrej Sustr who made his NHL debut last season and has played part of this season with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

USHL stats – Scott Mayfield


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